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Martian Rock Orientations Deciphered – Crucial Step in Understanding Mars’ Geological History and Potential for Ancient Life

MIT geologists determined the original orientation of many of the bedrock samples collected on Mars by the Perseverance rover, depicted in this image rendering. The findings can give scientists clues to the conditions in which the rocks originally formed. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechMIT geologists unlock the orientation of Martian rocks collected by NASA’s Perseverance rover. The “oriented” samples, the first of their kind from any planet, could shed light on Mars’ ancient magnetic field.As it trundles around an ancient…

‘I put the ass in blasphemy’: Lynks, the horror-drag pop star reclaiming biblical ‘abomination’ | Pop and rock

“Every day they ask me, ‘why do you wear that mask Lynks?’ / Well if I didn’t, every one of you would want to fuck me.” The confidence is understandable: Lynks’ witty and sexually frank studies of British gay culture, over muscular pop reminiscent of MIA and Peaches, have marked them among UK pop’s most exciting outliers.A different explanation comes from the anonymous, mild-mannered civilian behind the Leigh Bowery-esque masked costumes. “Lynks is the anti-me – a person that allows me to get rid of all insecurities, and…

One to watch: Toni Sancho | Pop and rock

Ever had a breakup so bad you thought you couldn’t go on? That’s what happened to Toni Sancho during lockdown. She started singing and playing ukulele to combat depression and process her heartbreak. The four singles the 25-year-old has released since then are brittle beauties from those lonely days, all showcasing her unique vocal – unshowy yet fabulously expressive, with a velvet dagger for a tongue.Survive! is a catchy, guitar-led bedroom anthem, with Sancho’s aching, longing voice riding a sleepy-lidded beat,…

TikTok jazz sensation Laufey: ‘It’s no longer about genre, it’s about feeling and mood’ | Pop and rock

It’s six hours before showtime and a queue of teenagers already lines the street outside east London’s EartH arts venue. They are sitting patiently on the pavement and finishing their homework or playing Uno, hoping to get to the front of the stage for the first of three sold-out shows by 24-year-old singer-songwriter Laufey Jónsdóttir. Overhead, the grey February afternoon threatens to break into rain.Inside, sitting next to the peeling walls of her dressing room in a pristine gingham dress, Jónsdóttir is unfazed by the…

Liam Gallagher John Squire review – chippy hauteur meets six-string pyrotechnics | Pop and rock

Nostalgia can feel like an affliction plaguing music – until suddenly, a big backward-facing record comes along that makes that ailment seem not so bad after all. Of all the unexpected products of the current 90s revival, this album-length collaboration between former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire and erstwhile Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (the title simply their full names; henceforth I’ll call it Gallagher Squire) seems so textbook, so route one, as to be almost absurd.Here is Gallagher, coming off a notable period…

This Is Spinal Tap at 40: the note-perfect rock satire still goes up to 11 | This Is Spinal Tap

The bands that come together organically, without the aid of want ads or tear-off flyers stapled to telephone poles, are generally catalyzed by a mixture of chemistry, inspiration and boredom.A few guys – more often than not, it’s still guys – hang out, realize they get along, bond through their overlapping tastes, and then grow fidgety to do something about it. Screwing around becomes noodling, noodling becomes jamming, jamming becomes something that can be passed off as a performance in exchange for beer money. For so…

Judge Upholds PnB Rock Murder Charges As Trial Looms

The California dad charged with helping his teen son plot what turned into the deadly armed robbery of rapper PnB Rock failed to get his murder charges dropped Friday with arguments including one that suggested the son may have fired out of “fear.” At a morning hearing in Compton, Calif., a judge said that while much of the evidence against Freddie Trone, 42, is circumstantial, she found a “reasonable basis” to conclude Trone held a position of “influence” over his 17-year-old son and knew he possessed a gun when…

Deep Rock Galactic’s Vampire Survivors-Style Game Excels By Giving You Something New To Do

Call it what you want, but the genre popularized by Vampire Survivors has become a veritable sensation, with countless attempts to capitalize on its popularity. (Seriously, the number of these--and propensity for using the word Survivor in their name--is astounding.) I've found and enjoyed a number of these, particularly those that introduce some kind of added wrinkle: Boneraiser Minions with its companion-based action, 20 Minutes Till Dawn's more active combat, and the distinct classes and equipment of…

Simple Things festival review – trance, slow jams and toilet-rattling rock | Music

Amid festivals with homogenous crowd-pleasing lineups and corporate sponsorships, Bristol’s Simple Things is a welcome returnee in its first year back after the pandemic: an ambitious 15-hour programme of forward-thinking music across seven venues, including a bowling alley. It’s perhaps too ambitious – there are plenty of clashes, queues and frustratingly short sets – but it’s still hearteningly different from other festival bills.Lauded multi-instrumentalist L’Rain warms up the day at Strange Brew as she glides through…

Flop rock: inside the underground floppy disk music scene

The first computery thing I do in the year 2024 is nudge a 3.5-inch floppy disk into a USB floppy drive that I bought from an online merchant working out of Singapore’s onetime hotbed of ’90s computer piracy. I’m briefly startled by the drive’s low mechanical whirring — a warm, ambient background score that instantly transports me back to my childhood. Some of my first painfully preteen journals were hidden poorly on nondescript floppies just like this one. I click on the disk’s sole file, an MP3 titled “Inability to…